Ranked 31 among Places to Visit in Bangalore
Time Required: 1 - 2 hrs
Located in the premises of Karnataka Government Museum, Venkatappa Art Gallery situated on Kasturba Road, Cubbon Park flaunts over 600 paintings. Named after the most famous artist of Bangalore city - K. Venkatappa, the gallery houses resplendent works of the namesake painter and other renowned artists as well. Sprawling over a vast area, the two-storeyed museum is further divided in different galleries some of which display antiques from the Indus Valley Civilization, paintings from the Hoysala, Gandhara and Nolamba periods, exquisite wood carvings, phenomenally carved sculptures, specimens of geology and art, ancient musical instruments and the like. Some of the rare artworks displayed are dated back to 2000 BC.
Venkatappa Art Gallery is an insight into the glorious past with its umpteen exhibits and displays. The first floor of the museum houses incredible works of Venkatappa himself which include the very famous painting of the Ooty sunrise, the dazzling Nilgiri hills, a scenic Church Hill view etc. Other artists featured along with him are M. F. Hussain, Vasudev, Hariram, Rekha Rao, Yusuf Arakkal and N.S. Bendre. The second floor is solely dedicated to the paintings of K. K. Hebbar. The rich collection showcased in the gallery attracts not just art and history buffs but people from all over India day in and day out.
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